La Gran Depresión II se abate sobre el mundo como una guadaña de la muerte

Hace seis meses el FMI dijo que los EE.UU. tenían que perder $ 1,4 Trillion (1.400:000.000, mil cuatro cientos millones en letras) por deudas financieras y documentos sin valor.  Hace tres meses aumentó esa catástrofe predicha, a $ 2,2 Trillion.  Hoy ha elevado esa pérdida a $ 2,7 Trillion.  Dos tercios del $ 4,1 Trillion globalmente a desaparecer.

Es la ruina y es imparable, un fracaso completo del equipo económico de Obama, que es básicamente la misma gente que estaba con Bush.

I.M.F. Puts Bank Losses From Crisis at $4.1 Trillion
With the global economic downturn deepening and confidence in the financial system still elusive, the International Monetary Fund estimates that banks and other financial institutions face aggregate losses of $4.1 trillion in the value of their holdings as a result of the crisis. In its global financial stability report, released Tuesday, the fund estimated that financial institutions would have to write down an estimated $2.7 trillion in loans and securities originating in the United States from 2007 to 2010. That estimate is up from $2.2 trillion in the fund’s report in January, and $1.4 trillion last October.

☼  El artículo también informa de ayudas del FMI a Méjico, Colombia y otros países de Europa del Este, arruinados.

Cómo afecta la crisis al pueblo americano y al mundo entero: Ejemplos y Comentarios

☼ Con las deudas de las tarjetas de crédito imposibles de pagar, los americanos normales caen en las garras de «consolidadores de deudas», que por supuesto les sacan más dinero, la deuda se les hace más grande.  Encima al banco acreedor estos consolidadores los perjudican.

Debt Settlers Offer Promises but Little Help
Tyna Carter, burdened with $25,000 in credit card debt, did not want to be a deadbeat. After looking for help on the Internet, Mrs. Carter, a West Virginia homemaker, wound up in the hands of a sweet-talking «credit specialist» from Texas. He claimed his company, Credit Solutions of America, could set her on the road to a debt-free life. But what really happened, Mrs. Carter says, is that Credit Solutions pocketed nearly $4,000 of the couple’s income, a little bit each month. Now they are in a deeper hole than ever. It is a pervasive problem these days. With the economy on the ropes, hundreds of thousands of consumers are turning to «debt settlement» companies like Credit Solutions to escape a crushing pile of bills.

☼  Muchos más estudiantes americanos no pueden pagar sus deudas. En EE.UU. la Universidad es de pago y muy cara.  En Uruguay es gratuita, pero los atorrantes jóvenes uruguayos no aprovechan sus oportunidades, luego cuando lo lamentan ya es demasiado tarde.

US Student Loan Default Rates Are Soaring
Defaults on student loans are skyrocketing amid a weak job market for graduates and steadily rising tuition costs. According to new numbers from the U.S. Department of Education, default rates for federally guaranteed student loans are expected to reach 6.9% for fiscal year 2007. That’s up from 4.6% two years earlier and would be the highest rate since 1998. The situation is mirrored in the smaller private student-loan market. In 2008, SLM Corp. also known as Sallie Mae, wrote off 3.4% of its private loans that were already considered troubled, according to its latest annual report — more than double the figure in 2006. Student Loan Corp., a unit of Citigroup Inc., wrote off 2.3% of those loans in 2008, compared with 1.5% a year earlier. «The volume of people in trouble is definitely increasing,» says Deanne Loonin, a staff attorney at the Boston-based National Consumer Law Center who counsels low-income consumers on student loans and other debt issues.

☼  En Rusia el lobo de la Gran Depresión II ya aúlla en las estepas

Russia May Reduce Government Spending by 30% Next Year as Reserves Dwindle
The Russian government may cut planned expenditures by as much as 30 percent next year as the world’s biggest energy exporter runs through its cash reserves, Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Nesterenko said. «The situation next year will be very difficult,» Nesterenko told reporters in Moscow on April 17. «We won’t see an increase in revenues, while our cash reserves will be stretched to the limit.» Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on April 14 that 2010 spending may be cut by 10 percent to about 9 trillion rubles ($269 billion) as revenue is expected to decline by more than 30 percent compared with 2009. Russia is bracing for recession as tumbling demand cuts tax revenue and pushes down the price of Urals crude oil, its chief export earner. The Russian government has revised the 2009 budget based on a $41 per barrel price for oil and expects a deficit equal to 7.4 percent of gross domestic product. The previous budget was based on an average price of $95 per barrel.

☼  Y ocurre un cambio mundial importante: el centro del poder mundial se desplaza hacia China.  Entreverado en guerras por el petróleo en Irak y por las consecuencias del «9/11»  China se fue transformando en la Fábrica del Mundo, como lo fue Inglaterra, como lo fue EE.UU.

The great shift in global power just hit high gear, sparked by a financial crash
We have entered one of those rare historical periods that is characterised by a shift in global hegemony from one great power to another. The last such was between 1931 and 1945, and marked the end of Britain’s financial ascendancy and its replacement by that of the United States. It might be argued that the cold war represented a similar period, but that is a fallacy: the cold war was an ideological struggle between two powers that were always hopelessly ill-matched. This new period is marked by the rise of China and the decline of the US. Arguably the process started around a decade ago, but at that stage it was barely noticed, such was the west’s preoccupation with 9/11 and its after-effects. Indeed, the Bush administration was thinking in exactly the opposite terms: that the world was entering a golden age of American global power.

Por Armando

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